Invitations to the opening of Govett’s Leap Lookout in 1889 promised “a banquet on a precipice – speeches in mid air.” More than a century on, a mere blink in geological history, the Blue Mountains view from Govett’s Leap retains its power to steal your breath. Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls plunge 180m down faulted sandstone cliffs to the right and left and the Grose Valley floor narrows and widens between impregnable natural battlements. The short Pulpit Rock Walk is the route to a better appreciation of these Blue Mountains wonders.
The moderate 3.7km (one way) walk to Pulpit Rock, an unusual split-stone formation on the valley’s lip, offers more breath-taking valley views and different perspectives of the falls and lookout. Starting behind Horseshoe Falls, Pulpit Rock Track climbs natural and man-made steps. It meanders through wildflower-strewn woodlands. It ducks under overhangs and passes scribbly gums (eucalypts) covered with insect doodles. One clever larva has scrawled “J.B. loves S.M. 1992!”